After a whirlwind week of photography, profile mapping, micromorph sampling, and backfilling, we successfully completed the first and longest phase of fieldwork for the Garden Creek Archaeological Project. Alicia and I made the trek back to Michigan over the weekend, and soon, I will begin analyzing the artifacts from the site at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology with several of the students who joined us earlier this season. Throughout this process, we plan to regularly update this blog with our ongoing findings, so please check back often!
For now, we offer a few photos of our last week in the field, including the final shots of the 110 cm deep earthwork ditch that kept us busy in August. We would also be completely remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to thank our local archaeological colleagues for their help and advice this season (in particular, Scott Ashcraft of Pisgah National Forest, who spent a week in the ditch with us) and the many residents of Plott Farm who facilitated our work this summer, especially Will and Brittany Warren, Joe, Brenda, and Jordan Worley, Tom and Susan Anspach, and Robert and Julie Cathey. The ability to work so closely with the local community made this one of my most fulfilling field experiences, and I can’t wait to continue our collaboration in the near future. Project members plan to be back in Haywood County intermittently through the next year, to give talks at the local schools, install at exhibit at the Canton Area Historical Museum, and undertake some quick and focused excavations next spring — we’ll see you all again then!